Fall Picnic This Saturday!

The CTRA’s annual Fall Picnic is this Saturday, October 20th, from 2pm to 5pm at Mayfield Park, next to the College Terrace Library. Bring a dish to share for our potluck and meet some of your friendly College Terrace neighbors. Here are a few of the events we have going on at this year’s picnic:

Pet Costume Contest

Bring your beloved family members for a pet costume contest, showcasing the neighborhood’s most lovable non-human residents (no feral squirrels allowed).  Honors will be issued to Spookiest, Cutest, and Most Creative.  There will be a nominal entry fee, all proceeds benefiting CTRA to bring you more neighborhood events!

Bake-Off

Whip up your favorite baked goods and prove your mettle with an oven in our bake-off.  Honors will be awarded to best desserts in the following categories: cakes and cookies; pies and pastries; and alternative (e.g. gluten-free).  Baked goods will be raffled off and proceeds will benefit the College Terrace Residents’ Association.

Wine Walk

Wine bottles generously donated by local businesses and residents will be the prize for a game much like musical chairs.  There will be a nominal entry fee for each “walk”, all proceeds to benefit CTRA.

Stanford Alert Test on October 18

On Thursday, October 18th, between noon-12:30 pm, Stanford will conduct its annual test of the campus AlertSU system. Alert messages will be sent via text message and email to the Stanford community.

The test will also include activation of the outdoor warning system, which will sound an audible tone for approximately 30 seconds followed by a verbal message from each of the 7 sirens at various campus locations. The sirens will be audible throughout the campus and may also be heard in parts of the surrounding communities including College Terrace.

For more information about the AlertSU system, visit the AlertSU FAQ.

Save the Date: Fall Picnic on October 20

Get ready to party! The CTRA will be hosting its annual Fall Picnic on Saturday, October 20th from 2pm to 5pm at Mayfield Park, next to the College Terrace Library. Don’t miss the Pet Costume Contest, Neighborhood Bakeoff, and Cakewalk with Wine!

We’ll be grilling burgers (meat and veggie) and other goodies, but neighbors are encouraged to bring a potluck dish to share. (We’ll take care of drinks, plates, napkins, and utensils.) So stop by, have a bite, and hang out with some of your friendly College Terrace neighbors.

By the way, the CTRA Spring and Fall Picnics are made possible by your donations, so why not donate today?


 

City Council Candidate Forums Next Week

We’re only a few weeks away from the November 6 elections and there are a number of events coming up to help voters become more familiar with local candidates for Palo Alto City Council. Five candidates–Pat Boone, Alison Cormack, Tom DuBois, Eric Filseth, and Cory Wolbach–are vying for three seats on the council.

The Palo Alto Weekly is hosting a candidate debate at the Little Theatre at Cubberley Community Center on Monday, October 3rd at 7:30pm. The following night (October 4th) at 7pm, Palo Alto Neighborhoods (PAN) is hosting a candidate forum at City Hall moderated by former City Councilwoman LaDoris Cordell. The League of Women Voters of Palo Alto will also hold a candidate forum on October 9th at 7pm at First Congregational Church on Louis Road.

If you can’t make any of those events, be sure to check out PAN’s City Council Candidates Questionnaire, which gathers responses from the candidates on issues ranging from accessory dwelling units (ADUs) to renter protections.

The Weekly has a summary of other election events, including School Board candidate forums as well as events covering the various ballot measures. Do your homework and don’t forget to vote!

Local News Roundup: September 10, 2018

Here are some recent news stories of interest to College Terrace and the surrounding area.

California Ave Public Safety Building and Garage Meetings
A community meeting will be held Wednesday, September 12, to discuss the project and upcoming street and parking changes to the area during the construction. The Public Safety Building will also be presented to the City Council and Architectural Review Board in the coming weeks.

Study: Stanford Can Triple Its Density (September 5)
How big can Stanford truly become? According to a study commissioned by Santa Clara County planners, Stanford can roughly triple its density and expand to 44 million square feet without infringing on the foothills.

Caltrain Launches Construction in Palo Alto (August 29)
After a year of work in other parts of the line, work on the electrification of Caltrain has finally started in Palo Alto. Local impacts include work performed at night (between 7pm and 7am), some weekend service disruptions, and the removal and pruning of trees.

Return of the College Terrace Market?

When the College Terrace Market closed abruptly in December after just six months in business, many in the neighborhood wondered how long it would be before a new grocery store took its place. Wonder no more for, as reported earlier this week by both the Palo Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Daily Post, the former owners of JJ&F market are planning to open a new market in the same space later this year.

Joe Khoury bought JJ&F from the Garcia family in 2011 and ran the market until 2013 when the building was torn down to make way for the College Terrace Centre.  Khoury has returned to run the new grocery store and “is looking forward to re-connecting with old friends here as we open our market with locally sourced produce, meats and, of course, our enduring emphasis on service.” It’s unclear what the new market will be called–the JJ&F name is still owned by the Garcia family–or exactly when it will open, but we’re looking forward to having a neighborhood grocery store again!

What’s Up with the Stanford GUP?

One of the topics at last week’s CTRA board meeting was an update on the Stanford General Use Permit (GUP) approval process. The GUP is intended to guide the growth and development of the university’s central campus through the year 2035. Stanford has asked for approval of 2,275,000 net new square feet of facilities and up to 3,150 units of housing, which is estimated to generate an additional 9,610 people on campus.

Journalists at the Palo Alto Weekly recently discussed the proposed campus expansion and the debate over how much housing the university should provide as part of its growth plan. If you haven’t been closely following the GUP process, the video is a good way to catch up.

The period for providing comments on the recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report (including the two alternative housing options proposed by the county) recently ended. Once the Environmental Impact Report is final, the project will go before the Santa Clara County Planning Commission for consideration and then to the Board of Supervisors for a vote. Here’s the current schedule for those workshops and hearings:

Planning Commission
Workshop, September 27
Hearing #1, October 11
Hearing #2, October 25
Hearing #3, November 1 (if needed)

Board of Supervisors
Hearing/Workshop, November 6
Hearing #1, November 13
Hearing #2, December 4
Hearing #3, December 18
Final Meeting #4, January 8, 2019

Check the county’s website for further information, including locations when they’re announced.

The outcome of the GUP approval process will have a profound impact on the surrounding area, and our neighborhood in particular, for years to come. (The majority of new on-campus housing forecast will be adjacent to College Terrace in Escondido Village.) So take time to read up on the issues (via the Weekly’s coverage, the county’s website, Stanford’s own GUP site, or elsewhere) and consider attending one or more of the above meetings to make sure your concerns are addressed.